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As a result of the generosity Dr Will Bratton (1996), St Catharine's is able to offer one bursary each year to UK or EU nationals undertaking an M.Phil degree at the college.

The Bratton Bursary

One award of £12,000 is available to applicants for an MPhil in any subject.  Applicants must have named St Catharine’s as their 1st or 2nd choice of College. Where a successful applicant has been awarded membership at another College, they will be required to transfer their membership to St Catharine’s.

Please note: only a single application is required for the Bratton and Annual Fund bursaries. Candidates who submit a complete MPhil Bursary application will automatically be considered for both awards.

Candidates must hold an offer of admission for a postgraduate course at the University of Cambridge in order to be considered for the bursary. Candidates should thus submit their application to the Postgraduate Admissions Office at the earliest possible opportunity. To do so, please visit

Once you have applied to the University of Cambridge, please complete the MPhil Bursary application form, and send it to the College along with the following documents in PDF format:

  • application to the University of Cambridge
  • undergraduate transcript, transcript of any further degrees,
  • letter of offer of admission to the University of Cambridge,
  • any other documents you regard as relevant (i.e research proposal)

A checklist is provided on the final page of the application form for your convenience.

In addition, please ask two referees to submit a letter of recommendation (in PDF format) to with the subject line "Reference for  APPLICANT'S NAME - St Catharine's Bursary".

Applications for the 2020/21 academic year will be accepted from 1 January 2020 until 5pm GMT on 31 March 2020.Please ensure that references are submitted by the deadline  as incomplete or late applications will not be considered.

The College expects to announce the Bursary in May for the forthcoming academic year. Where a candidate is currently engaged in a course of study, the Bursary will be conditional upon the successful completion of their course.